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Jennifer Knapp to perform during Wayland's Passion Week

In the middle of her Back Forty Tour, Christian folk-rock artist Jennifer Knapp will perform in concert April 11 as part of Wayland Baptist University's Passion Week.

The concert, scheduled at 8 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium on the Plainview campus, will also feature opening act Bebo Norman. Tickets for the concert are $10 for Wayland students and $12 for others and are available at the University Store, through Baptist Student Ministries (296-4998) or online at itickets.com.

The Back Forty Tour, which kicked off Feb. 21, represents the 26-year-old Knapp's first appearance as a headliner after opening for a variety of acts over the past several years. Her music is self-described as alternative folk-rock spiked with impassioned vocals. A talented songwriter, Knapp penned all the tunes on her two albums, "Kansas" and "Lay It Down," released in 2000.

In just a short time on the Christian musical scene, Knapp has made a name for herself in the industry and garnered some mainstream acceptance as well. She was included on several of the 1999 Lilith Fair tour dates and received promotional endorsements from Tommy Hilfiger's Tommy Girl cosmetic line and Taylor guitars. Her hit single "Undo Me" was featured on 25,000 Lilith Fair promotional CDs created to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention.

Besides widespread fan support and following, Knapp has also earned respect from the music industry. "Kansas" earned her 1999 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association for "Rock Song of the Year" for "Undo Me" and "New Artist of the Year" and six total GMA nominations.

The young singer also attended the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards this past January after "Lay It Down" was nominated as "Best Rock Gospel Album." For the upcoming Dove Awards, airing in April, she is nominated for "Best Rock Recorded Song of the Year" for "Into You."

Once aspiring to be a doctor, Bebo Norman is now touching lives with his songwriting and singing career. He describes his own work as "contemporary folk with a pop edge." After taking time off following college several years ago to pursue his music, Norman has recorded an independent album "The Fabric of Verse." Since then, he's toured with Caedmon's Call and has recorded an album on the Watershed Records label started by Caedmon's Cliff Young, titled "Ten Thousand Days." His next album, "Big Blue Sky," is scheduled for a May release.

For more information on the concert, contact the Wayland BSM office at 296-4998.